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Nats vs. Cardinals — 3/21/14

Mar 21, 2014, 10:49 AM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

JUPITER, Fla. — Check out today’s starting lineup. You may not recognize a couple of the names. So, allow me to introduce you to Jose Lozada, a 28-year-old third baseman who hit .204 last season at Class AA Harrisburg. And allow me to introduce you to Caleb Ramsey, a 25-year-old outfielder who hit .290 last season at Class A Potomac. Good luck, guys. You get to face Adam Wainwright today.

Gio Gonzalez gets the start for the Nationals, looking to continue the dominant run by this rotation’s top three starters. He’s slated to go five innings today, and he’ll be facing most of the Cardinals big boys.

We’ll also get a look at two of the surprise candidates for the final spot in the Nationals’ bullpen, Aaron Barrett and Blake Treinin, who are each scheduled to pitch in relief.

Updates to come, so please check back…

Roger Dean Stadium, Jupiter
Gametime: 1:05 p.m. EDT
TV: (Cardinals’ feed)
Radio: (Cardinals’ feed)
Weather: Partly cloudy, 77 degrees, Wind 14 mph in from RF

CF Jeff Kobernus
SS Danny Espinosa
LF Scott Hairston
1B Tyler Moore
C Jose Lobaton
2B Jamey Carroll
3B Jose Lozada
RF Caleb Ramsey
LHP Gio Gonzalez

CF Shane Robinson
C Yadier Molina
LF Matt Holliday
RF Allen Craig
1B Matt Adams
2B Kolten Wong
3B Pete Kozma
SS Aledmys Diaz
RHP Adam Wainwright

1:06 p.m. — And we’re underway as Jeff Kobernus digs in against Adam Wainwright. Full house here at Roger Dean Stadium today. Lots of red in the stands, obviously.

1:11 p.m. — And down go the Nats in order. Wainwright struck out both Kobernus and Scott Hairston looking (Hairston did not like Mike Estabrook’s strike three call) and got Danny Espinosa to tap a grounder to first base. Here comes Gio Gonzalez for the bottom of the first.

1:22 p.m. — Quite an active inning in center field for Jeff Kobernus, who hasn’t spent very much time out there during his career. He dropped a routine flyball to open the bottom of the first, a ghastly 2-base error. But he then redeemed himself by tracking down Matt Holliday’s drive to the wall in left-center. The error, though, proved costly, because Robinson (after stealing second) scored on Yadier Molina’s groundball. So that’s an unearned run against Gio Gonzalez and the Nats, who trail 1-0 after one.

1:40 p.m. — A scoreless second for Gonzalez, though he did issue a two-out walk to (who else?) Pete Kozma and then a single to Cuban newcomer Aledmys Diaz. The Nats still haven’t put anyone on base against Wainwright.

1:57 p.m. — Make it 2-0 Cards as Holliday ropes a double off the wall in left in the bottom of the third. That moved Molina (who previously walked) to third, allowing him to score on Allen Craig’s sac fly to center. Kobernus had a chance to throw out Molina at the plate, but his offering came up short. Onto the fourth.

2:21 p.m. — Through five innings, the Nats have two hits off Wainwright: singles by Caleb Ramsey and Scott Hairston. Speaking of Ramsey, he showed off his arm in the bottom of the fourth when he gunned down Wong trying to advance from second to third base. Impressive. Still 2-0 Cards.

2:30 p.m. — Hmm … Matt Williams, unlike Davey Johnson, didn’t let Gio Gonzalez complete the fifth inning against the Cardinals. (Sorry, still too soon?) With Gio’s pitch count over his planned 80 for the day, Williams decided to make a pitching change with two outs in the fifth. So in comes Craig Stammen. And more importantly, your new right fielder is none other than … Will Piwnica-Worms!

2:50 p.m. — Seven scoreless innings today for Adam Wainwright, who needed only 74 pitches to do it. Contrast that with Gio Gonzalez’s 82 pitches over 4 2/3 innings. Still 2-0 St. Louis at the stretch.

3:15 p.m. — That’ll do it. Nats lose 2-0.

  1. Eric - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Just as I was starting to take everything too seriously, I’m reminded that it is indeed still spring training.

    Would love to see this bunch get to Wainwright!

  2. Faraz Shaikh - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Die Kozma, die!!! jk

    • NatsNut - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM


    • NatsLady - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:10 PM

      PFK dropping a ball works for me. (4th inning). Zimm would have gotten that in his sleep.

  3. sonsofrayking - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Mitchell Friedman?

  4. Sec 3 My Sofa - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    Can we assume the regulars not in this one did not make the trip to Jupiter (the city, not the planet ®)?

  5. Steady Eddie - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    Looks like they just got in over the wire of sending the four man minimum of guys who were on the 40 man roster! Although if you include pitchers in that and not just position players, they’re cool.

    Not that it looks to be much of a challenge for Wainwright. Apart from Kobernus, it’s not as if they’re sending a bunch of top AAA guys like Skole or Walters who are fighting to show they belong, though I guess 2 or 3 of these guys are.

  6. NatsNut - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    Too funny. Poor guys.

    “Good luck, guys. You get to face Adam Wainwright today.”

  7. NatsLady - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Now that’s funny. Wonder if our real guys are playing in a minor-league game or just, y’know, practicing so they don’t make errors.

  8. Doc - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Little League is getting off to an early start this spirng!

    Not sure that I’d want to pay to see this game????

  9. Theophilus T.S. - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM

    Who is Lozado? My first thought was the guy who played DE for the Raiders but I’m pretty sure he’s deceased.

  10. Jb - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    They sent the guys who are still playing for a job – Kobernus, Carroll and Moore. How they do against Wainwright will matter. And no, I didn’t forget to include Espinosa or Hairston in that, because they’ve both got the team made.

  11. Theophilus T.S. - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    Is there a rule that guys pulled from the minor league camp for a ST road trip have to buy their own lunch?

    • Hiram Hover - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      Team pays, but only for them to eat out of the vending machines.

  12. David Proctor - Mar 21, 2014 at 11:59 AM

    You can find video of the incredible DP Espinosa turned here:

    It’s around the 30 second mark.

    • Hiram Hover - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      That was awesome!

      • thelatencn - Mar 21, 2014 at 12:27 PM

        Yeah, not many shortstops can make that accurate a toss with their elbow.

    • Faraz Shaikh - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      Danny, please make Nationals not opt you to minors and be a great bench player and keep Rendon on his toes all the time with your bat and play. I wanna see that great defense again!

  13. nats1924 - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    It amazes me how Matt Williams thinks Espi is still in the hunt for the 2B job.

    Whats Espi hitting, .180 this spring? …awful!

  14. natinalsgo - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Bruce Rondon needs TJ surgery.

  15. veejh - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Televised game! yay!

  16. veejh - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Some sloppy play from Kobernus….dropped a very catchable ball.

  17. ehay2k - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:15 PM

    Did the Card’s announcers just say that ” Wainwright has retire the first two Reds…?”

    It’s ST for everyone, I guess.

    They were also noting that “Hair-iston” is not hitting well and said “that won’t get it done.”

  18. David Proctor - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Kobernus boots a fly ball. CFs hate Florida.

  19. NatsLady - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Weekly review. Take the survey on Ross Detwiler. It’s only one question. :)

  20. veejh - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    We got the “C” squad out there today, huh. Wonder if the Cards fans are complaining?

    • David Proctor - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      C squad is too generous.

      • veejh - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        Gio bumps is up from the “D” squad.

  21. NatsLady - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Hey wait, “He’s ready, bring him up.”???? FP is on this broadcast team?

  22. veejh - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    Crap bunt.

  23. David Proctor - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal 49s
    Sources: #Nationals’ Detwiler initially was very upset about going to ‘pen, but now more accepting of new role. Described as good teammate.

    Ken Rosenthal ‏@Ken_Rosenthal 48s
    Scout says #Nationals’ Detwiler could like Affeldt, dominant LHP in ‘pen. Team wants him to use breaking stuff more; too reliant on sinker.

    • veejh - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:52 PM

      Det has a sinker?

  24. natsfan1a - Mar 21, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    So, a lot of Nats fans made the trip? (jk)

    “Full house here at Roger Dean Stadium today. Lots of red in the stands, obviously.”

  25. David Proctor - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Cards announcers praising Werth. Saying he’s underrated and overshadowed by the contract and only getting better with age.

    • NatsLady - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:07 PM

      Interesting. Because they were still criticizing Rizzo for the Stras shutdown.

      Look at Matt Kemp, 8 years, $160 Million, and hasn’t been healthy since he signed that contract. Werth’s doesn’t look so bad now.

  26. Drew - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:27 PM

    Somewhere Mercer’s Billy Burns is dancing up a storm.

  27. veejh - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Cards announcers clowning Pwinica-Worms last name. How dare they!

  28. NatsLady - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Jupiter is the longest bus ride, if I figure it correctly. 110 miles each way.

  29. knoxvillenat - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:45 PM

    A bit off topic, I was listening to MLB radio a little while ago and Kevin Kennedy and the other guy on the show were discussing the injuries to the Tigers shortstop (Iglesias?) and now a relief pitcher, Rondon. One of them was speculating about a possible trade of Storen & Espinosa to Detroit when the other asked what would the Nats get back? Well how about Robbie Ray for starters, it wouldn’t be the first time Rizzo got back a player traded earlier.

  30. NatsLady - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Atlanta is (presently) being shut out in both their games, one by Verlander and the other by Miguel Gonzalez (Baltimore). Of course, we’re getting shut out, too…or, at least, our scrubs are.

    • veejh - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:49 PM


    • David Proctor - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      We have a guy named Will Piwnica-Worms in our lineup now…

      • erocks33 - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        I’m afraid of Worms, Roxanne!

  31. NatsLady - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:58 PM

    Clip looked good, and only got to one 3-2 count. My day is complete. :)

  32. Faraz Shaikh - Mar 21, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    Waino with a totally sustainable K/BB ratio!

  33. Faraz Shaikh - Mar 21, 2014 at 3:00 PM

    Geez, someone is in mid-season form.

    • NatsLady - Mar 21, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Ya had to remind me???????? It could be 0-0 into the 9th inning on Opening Day.

      • David Proctor - Mar 21, 2014 at 3:09 PM

        As long as Stras keeps ’em off the board we’ll be fine. We always get to the Mets bullpen.

        Meanwhile, Ricky Nolasco…

      • Faraz Shaikh - Mar 21, 2014 at 3:39 PM

        he has seven wins over last four years against us, in case anyone forgot.

  34. natsfan1a - Mar 21, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Am I the only one who says “ding” whenever the Cards broadcaster spells out a name? I miss Charlie and Dave. :-)

  35. NatsLady - Mar 21, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    I’m finding it difficult to be upset that Wainwright and Rosenthal beat some random baseball players with Nats uniforms on.

    • veejh - Mar 21, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      Hey! Espinosa was on that squad!

    • Joe Seamhead - Mar 21, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      That’s really a Plus One!

    • ArVAFan - Mar 21, 2014 at 3:28 PM

      Pwinica-Worms meets my definition of “random player with Nats uniform.” YMMV.

      • hantiaolang - Mar 21, 2014 at 5:06 PM

        For what it’s worth, Pwinica-Worms hit a big walk-off home run to get Potomac into the championship round of the Carolina League playoffs last year. At the very least, it lodged permanently in my brain how to spell Pwinica-Worms. :)

  36. Joe Seamhead - Mar 21, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Anybody still wondering why Detroit didn’t keep Kobernus after taking him in the Rule 5? The guy has no real ML position. He’s another not-so-good infielder that they say “stick him in the outfield.” Rarely seems to work out the way they thought that it would.





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